2019   YALCON - Detroit  Friday, September 27th - Sunday, September 29th This is your last chance to attend YALCON  in 2019! Come out to Detroit, Michigan September 27-29, 2019.  Apply early to see The Atlas Society’s Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. speak on the Moral Case for Capitalism. If you are wondering how to join the liberty movement, Detroit YALCON is the final opportunity this year to connect with YAL and find new ideas and training opportunities, make new friends, and meet local and national leaders. While you’re there, stop by the Atlas Society table and meet Senior Editor & Student Programs Director, Marilyn Moore. Learn about how you can become involved in The Atlas Society’s student programs, and ask for a copy of ANTHEM: The Graphic Novel.   The Atlas Society 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala Thursday, October 10th, 2019 We are thrilled to announce that author, political scientist, and international affairs expert Gloria Alvarez will be the keynote speaker for our 3rd Annual Atlas Society Gala. Save the date for Thursday, October 10, 2019...
Complications Come praise Apollo bright,Who prickled a thick brow,Briefly as lambent light: Sufficient though to causeA remorseless shufflingAcross dry plains to pause; Instinctual eyesLift from predator, prey,To puzzle at vacant skies; Behind a brutish face,UnfathomableComplexity to take place. I published this poem in 2008 in my first collection, Touched by Its Rays (The Atlas Society: Washington, DC: 2008). It is brief, but it expresses a puzzlement I felt. I was editor of a quarterly journal of neuroscience, Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, and working hard to make the ideas and writing of some of the world’s foremost brain scientists accessible and exciting to lay readers—without distortions or simplifications that would outrage the scientists themselves. One of the powerful and compelling fields of neuroscience, today, is evolutionary biology, including evolutionary psychology. They ask how the forces of Darwinian natural selection, relentlessly testing every characteristic of every species by the standard of conduciveness to successful reproducing, shaped the biology and psychology of human beings. The fundamental principle of evolutionary biology is that every aspect of our biology, including our brain, and every function, including our psychology, is an outcome of evolutionary selection. If a trait exists, then presumably it promotes our reproduction as a species; all that is left is to explain is how it does so. If a species of bird (Clark’s nutcracker) has...